October 2009

October 2009 Read-a-thon Sign-up post

deweys-readathonbuttonIt’s almost here! The October 2009 Read-a-thon is only a little over 3 weeks away, so now is the time for those interested in participating to officially sign up.

The  Read-a-thon will start: October 24th  at 5am Pacific (1pm GMT). You can click over to the start times page to check the starting time in your timezone. Remember that if it’s more convenient to you, you could  start either earlier or later, as well as participate for only part of the 24 hours. Very few people make it through the entire 24-hour period without sleeping, so don’t let that discourage you! Sleep is definitely allowed.

For more information on the Read-a-thon, you can read our FAQ. If you have a question that isn’t answered there, you can leave us a comment or e-mail DeweyReadathon at gmail. We’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible!

In the next day or two, we’re going to put up two Google Forms that those interested in hosting mini-challenges can fill in. If you’re new to the Read-a-thon and are wondering what these mini-challenge things are, please check our FAQ!

Also, if you’d like to donate a prize, please e-mail us at DeweyReadathon at gmail. It’d be very much appreciated! Here’s a list of the prizes donated for the April 2009 Read-a-thon in case you’re wondering what to donate.

Another thing you can do: Grab a button from the FAQ page, display it proudly, and help us spread the word.

To sign up to be a Reader, please use the Mr Linky below:

To sign up to be a Cheerleader (aka one of the not-so-secret superheroes of the read-a-thon) please fill the Mr. Linky below:

Remember that you’re more than welcome to be both. Each role is carefully explained in the FAQ. Let us know if you have any further questions!

153 thoughts on “October 2009 Read-a-thon Sign-up post”

  1. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to read for the read-a-thon challenge this time around as I’ll be taking classes most of the day, however I can and would like to participate as a cheerleader. Not sure exactly what time I’ll be available but definitely Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

  2. Jen, that’s too bad that you won’t be able to read 🙁 But we love cheerleaders! The Read-a-thon just wouldn’t be the same without them – thank you for signing up!

  3. This will be my second time participating in the event but The Hub will also be out of town, so it will be a challenge but I’m up for it.

  4. So, I’d love to sign up, but there is a book signing that day I want to attend that will keep me from reading for a few hours in the afternoon. Is this kind of thing allowed? It looks like it is to me, but I want to make sure before signing up.

  5. I always enjoy doing these, although I never make the full 24 hours. It’s a chance to tell everyone that they can’t bother me at all that day because I just have to read. 🙂

  6. I accidentally posted myself twice up above under reader… once as Kathryn and once as Kathryn’s Book Nook. I had forgotten that I signed up earlier. I didn’t know how to remove on of them. If anyone could tell me, I will take one down.

  7. I would love to participate! I’m just discovering this whole alternate universe of book blogging, but thus far it looks FABULOUS!

  8. Mark: Sandra kind of answered your question, but I wanted to make sure you saw it: Yes, you’re allowed to be away from your book (not reading) for a few hours. If you can sleep, a book signing? Go for it!

  9. This will be my first read-a-thon, and I’m very excited about it! Each of the past few times I’ve wanted to participate I had something else going on.

  10. Wuhoah I had this massive panic that I was going to be at a bday celebration most of the afternoon and night (not a bad thing, but it seems something always seem to clash with read-a-thon in the run up) but turns out that’s the weekend after. So yay I’m going to read this time after a fun time cheerleading in April.

  11. I have tried to set up my teaching schedule so that I have all lessons plans completed – and no grading for the weekend of October 24 and 25. I have been looking forward to this since the last read-a-thon. I hope that my advanced planning will mean that I am able to actually more this go around!

  12. I really enjoyed the first time I participated (this spring), and am looking forward to this one. I have a lot of books to catch up on! Don’t we all, though 🙂 ?

  13. Somehow in our enthusiasm we got registered twice (#’s 50-51). Since there are two of us reading but sharing a blog, please feel free to leave us as two separate entries or delete one of us. Sorry for the confusion.

  14. I tried to send an email but it won’t work – for some reason my email always fails on gmail addresses(?) anyway I wanted to say that i’d like to enter some homemade bookmarks as prizes. 3 sets of 3 handmade bookmarks. I can be contacted at katrinathomas_ukATyahooDOTcoDOTuk if you need to contact me

  15. I just signed up! I took me a bit to decide because I’ve never done anything like this before, but this sounds like it’s going to be fun!

  16. Katrina: I’ll forward your comment to the Read-a-thon gmail account so that we have a record of your donation. Thank you so much! Someone will get back to you about it soon 🙂

  17. Okay, I just signed up to be a cheerleader as well as a reader. I’ve been an unofficial cheerleader in the past and am a little worried about biting off more than I can chew this time…but I’m here to help!

  18. I’ve never participated in the Read-a-thon before as it’s always intimidated me. But as I planned on participating in BBAW and then kind of let that slide… I feel like maybe this is my moment 🙂

  19. This is absolutely wonderful! Just hearing about this makes me smile. To know that a love of reading is alive and well… well, it’s just awesome! 😉

    I’m a little intimidated, but would love to try and participate.

  20. I signed up to be a cheerleader. I’ve never participated in the Read-A-Thon in any capacity before, so this will be interesting. 🙂

  21. Yay!

    I’ve never done this before, but since I tend to spend the vast majority of my weekends reading this’ll just be an excuse to stay up longer. I’m sure my husband will be thrilled!

    “No, sweetie, I can’t turn out the light yet – it’s the 24-hour-read-a-thon.” Heh.

  22. I can’t wait!!! It’s my first read-a-thon and I’m so excited!!! Yippee!!! Now, let’s see if the kids will cooperate too since Daddy will be working!! 🙂

  23. I think I will ease into my very first read-a-thon with some cheering! I’m super excited about being involved. This is going to be a good day, I can just feel it 🙂

  24. Hoooray! It’s already on my calendar. 🙂 I may have a birthday party to attend somewhere around hour 12, but I will cram in as much reading as possible on other side of it.

    Also, I’ve got a good idea for a mini-challenge to host this time around. 😀

  25. I’m so excited!! Even though I’m hosting my first book club meeting Oct 25… I’m still shooting for the whole 24 hours… I can just nap afterward on Sunday afternoon, right? 🙂

  26. I’m going to sign up. But I will be out and about much of the afternoon that day. I’ll do what I can to read, read, read that day, however.

  27. I didn’t get a chance to participate last year because I found out about it too late, so I’m looking forward to hunkering down and reading like there’s no tomorrow come Oct. 24th. 😀

    Thanks for putting this together–it’s going to be a ton of fun!

  28. I hope to be able to do the whole 24 hours, but I work a graveyard shift just before the challenge (it actually starts when I am still at work). Luckily my job will allow me to read, but I hope I’m not too tired that I won’t be able to continue reading.

  29. Can’t wait to cheer y’all on!!! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone’s reading too! I’m excited to participate and hope to do more in the future.

  30. This looks awesome. I’ll love an excuse to spend a whole 24 hours reading. Pretty sure I can do it. I managed about 16 just last weekend. Lol. Didn’t know about the readathon then, but something must have been preparing me for it.

  31. My first Readathon, yay! I love to read, and this is going to be so much fun! I signed up as both a reader and cheerleader. Not sure if I can make the whole 24 hours, but we’ll see. I’ll track my progress on Twitter with the #readathon hash tag. Thinking about what to read…Thanks for the great event!

  32. Linked here by a friend! I’ll be donating $10 to Heifer International for every hour I spend reading (up to a maximum of a two-sheep donation if I make it all 24 hours) and the cover price of everything I get through will go to Reading Is Fundamental.

  33. Based on various responsibilities I have Saturday afternoon/evening and my desire to be rested up before church Sunday, I’ll be participating, but basically 14 hours before everyone else. I’ll overlap with the group as much as possible!

  34. The readathon falls on the last weekend of school vacation for me (in Newcastle, Australia). We have a few things on over the weekend, so I can’t even adjust the time to fit reading in more easily, so I’ve signed up as a cheerleader. Hopefully I will be able to hope online regularly to cheer everyone else on.

  35. It looks interesting; don’t know if I will do, as I quite busy with things at the moment and my life feels quite hectic at the moment.

  36. Yeah, I’ve decided to jump in the deep end. Due to time differences and previous engagements on the Sunday, I think I’m going to spend from the Friday evening til Saturday evening doing the readathon. Looking forward to it!

  37. I have piles of books to choose from, and I’m ready! But 24 hours sounds pretty daunting. If I fall asleep reading, please gently nudge me awake and pour me some coffee!

  38. i have a question, the link that i have posted on Mr. Linky is the homepage and not the link to my sign-up post. how can i edit the link?

    i’m number 144. Welski (Musings and Writings)



  39. This looks like fun. I won’t be able to do all 24 hours because I have at least 5 hours of outside obligations. Which stinks. What a fun idea this is.

  40. Err, I accidentally signed up as a Cheerleader instead of Reader. Though I will be at work Saturday, I will have plenty of time for reading!

  41. I’m in. It’ll be my first!

    I’m in the UK so should start at 13:00… but to keep things simple I’m going to aim for midnight to midnight Saturday to Sunday. 🙂

  42. I’m someone else who can’t cope with putting my name in the right box – I’ve signed up as a reader instead of a cheerleader! Hope someone can delete me from that list please 🙂

  43. I signed up to cheerlead as well, as I won’t be able to read much during the game, but I’ll be able to tinker around and encourage others!

  44. I originally left a message asking if I could do it a day later. I can now do it on the Saturday. However, I will probably be 30 mins late (it starts at 1pm on Saturday which is the exact time I finish my drama event). So I’ve allowed myself 30 mins to get home and post that I’m starting. I’ve signed up as a reader =D

  45. Unfortunately, I can only read a couple hours in the beginning because of how busy I’m going to be that day, but I’ll try! And sorry for the double link, because I sort of forgot to put my blog name next to my name.

  46. I think I signed up as a cheerleader by mistake; I do not know what it entails, but I will definitely find out and do my share… I then signed up as a reader (as a correction)

    First timer and hope to participate well 🙂 at least attempt to participate well! 🙂

  47. So, I’ll be busy most of the day on sat so I was thinking of being a cheerleader, but even though I read the FAQ I still am a little confused on one thing. If I were to host a mini-challenge, would I have to supply the prize, or would I just send the winner down to the prize list to chose a prize, or would I chose their prize from the list for them or what? Thanks for the help.

  48. I am so sorry!! I totally just linky’d in the wrong one!!! I have already signed up and totally meant to link to my reading post. Please feel free to delete that last one (#332)!! Sorry again!!

  49. Just Someome: We can delete you from the list of cheerleaders if you want to, though I hope you’ll stick around and realize just how fun cheerleading is 😉

    Mandy: We would provide a prize from the list if the host couldn’t offer one themselves, but unfortunately all spots for mini-challenges have already been filled. There’s always next April, though!

    Tif, done!

  50. Ok, so I started signing up in the reader section but it noted my name in the cheerleader section. How did that happen? Not that being a cheerleader wouldn’t be great but I don’t think I could do both, not this year anyway. Sorry for the trouble. Can’t wait to start reading.

  51. I know I’m late for signing up to be a cheerleader, but I think I can find 4 hours to be a cheerleader! I so want to go visit different blogs and cheer people on with reading for 24 hours! So if I’m not too late…..

  52. Yep. Totally caving to peer pressure. I’ll blame Ms Alex for my eye strain and stack of finished books come Sunday. 😉

    (Btw, I’m going 00:00 PST, Oct. 24th to 00:00, Oct. 25th because it just works better that way. I need to be awake-ish Sunday.)

  53. Hi! 🙂 I’m Libby – I participated last time & had a blast!

    I am signing up late – sorry! I mentioned this to a friend earlier & she may participate with her daughters! I also have a few other friends I want to speak with tonight!

    Looking forward to this & I look forward to talking to y’all! 🙂 I’m @ailish79 on Twitter – please add me if you would like. I’m always rambling about books/looking fiornew books! 🙂

  54. OMG!! i had never heard of this before!! Thank goodness for facebook and I found out in time. I’m a Dewey’s Read-a-thon virgin! Although, not in time to have not scheduled a dinner party for Sunday. Oh well, we all make sacrifices. Wait until my husband finds out! 🙂 If he wants anything done, he may have to listen to an ebook! Oh crap! And I had just convinced him to take me out to dinner tomorrow night!

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